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06 April 2009
06. April 2009 Commercial Aircraft

Airbus' emphasis on cabin efficiency and comfort is highlighted at the 2009 Aircraft Interiors Expo


Airbus' emphasis on cabin efficiency and comfort is highlighted at the 2009 Aircraft Interiors Expo

Cabin innovations and improvements for Airbus' growing jetliner family were underscored at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany - which is the world's largest trade fair for aircraft interior furnishing and design.

The Airbus exhibit stand at the Hamburg fairgrounds was built around a cabin segment modeled on the A380 and made of translucent fabric, providing an aesthetic allusion to latest design concepts focusing on transparency. Mood lighting and light projections on the ceiling added to the exhibit's dynamic atmosphere.

Video presentations illustrated the new level of comfort provided for A380 economy class passengers, and also featured unique premium-class seat solutions available for airline operators of Airbus' 21st century flagship airliner. Another video traced the A380's programme history, beginning with the test and development stages and continuing through the service introductions by Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas. To date, the A380 has completed some 35,000 flight hours and carried 1.3 million passengers.

Another focus of the Airbus exhibit was the new A350, which will bring further advances in cabin efficiency. "Due to the A350's weight efficiency, its excellent aerodynamic properties and an optimum utilisation of cabin space, operating costs will be reduced by 25 per cent compared to existing aircraft in its category," explained Klaus Röwe, Airbus Vice President - Cabin & Cargo.

An A350 scale model allowed exhibition visitors to view the jetliner's cabin with its large variety of advanced design features. This includes the positioning of crew rest areas in the A350's upper fuselage area, maximising passenger revenue space in the main

Also presented on the Airbus exhibit stand were details of the A320 Enhanced Cabin, which was launched two years ago for new-production aircraft, and is now available as a retrofit option for in-service aircraft.

The A320 Enhanced Cabin considerably reduces overall weight, resulting in lower operating costs. It also is much quieter, with background noise reduced by up to 2 decibels. Passengers have more shoulder room thanks to a newly-designed sidewall panel, and the cabin's functionality is further improved with larger overhead stowage compartments.

Since its launch in 2007, the A320 Enhanced Cabin has been delivered in more than 650 new aircraft.

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